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We’re preparing for pop-up season!

We hope you have enjoyed your Summer months. It’s been quite a while since you heard from us so we’d like to remind you of our upcoming  Autumn Pop Ups!You know how much we *LOVE* meeting you and talking all things skincare, sustainability  and health !Elka is making her way up to John Lewis, Cambridge and will be there as of Tuesday 20th September until Sunday 25th September.After that Elka will be at…3rd October - 9th October - John Lewis, Nottingham Victoria Centre, 109 Milton Street, Notts, NG1 3QA28th November - 4th December - John Lewis, Glasgow Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, G1 2GFPlease come and say hello if you’re in the area!  We need you… You may already know, we are a tiny Community Interest Company (also known as ‘C.I.C.’) and we’re...

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Gut Health and Skincare

Now let's start talking about the gut microbiome and how it is linked to the skin. It's a fascinating subject with new studies coming out all the time. The fabulous news is, that, if you have skin issues, there is a lot you can change by simply tweaking your diet and using scent-free and water-free products... and possibly even showering less. In future posts, I will elucidate on the use of pre and probiotics and how stimulating the growth of gut bacteria DIRECTLY affects the recovery from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. We have both a gut and a skin microbiome that consist of billions of microbes, all living on or in our bodies. When they are...

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Why Choose Natural Skin Care?

Let’s begin with the most obvious. Our skin is the largest organ of the body. Its job is to protect us from environmental impact and to do so effectively it needs to be well-nourished and flexible. What goes onto our skin also goes into our bodies (By the same token: what goes into our bodies affects our skin) Skin is porous and absorbs substances we apply to it. These may enter our bloodstream, and affect the entire body. Natural ingredients have a long history of efficacy, and are, on the whole, safer than many of the synthetic ingredients used in numerous conventional cosmetics. Efficacy Since many natural ingredients have been used for thousands of years, we may assume their efficacy...

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Why We Need To Sweat?

Yes folks, sweat is everyone's daily companion! Sometimes we don’t even notice it, when we're being sporty it’s desirable, and sometimes it can really impinge on our daily tasks. Why do we actually need to sweat and how can we best work with it? Cooling Cooling is the primary and most important function of sweat. As it gets warmer our body produces more sweat. During a heavy workout, we expect to drip with it, which is the body’s way of cooling itself. When sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin it literally 'takes' the warmth with it. People who don’t sweat, mainly as a result of genetic diseases, are prone to overheating. Unclogs the Pores Sweating during training can...

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Vitamin D – What You Should Know About the 'Sun Vitamin'

You’ve probably heard about vitamin D and how important it is for our health. But do you know where you can find it and what the risks of vitamin D deficiency are? Read our guide to learn all about it. Functions of Vitamin D This vitamin is essential in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies. In effect, it has a great influence on the health of our bones, teeth, and muscles. Vitamin D Deficiency Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to rickets in children and osteomalacia (also known as “soft bones”) in adults. Both conditions can lead to permanent bone deformation. It can also increase bone fragility. Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Limited exposure to sunlight...

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